Wright Motorsports Looks to Impress North of the Border
BOWMANVILLE, ON. (July 5, 2018) – “No rest for the wicked”. That would be very much the case for Wright Motorsports as they make the trip from Watkins Glen across the border for Round 6 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
This weekend's two-hour and forty shootout will see the No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Porsche 911 GT3 R of Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen joined once again by the No. 16 entry of Mike Schein and Wolf Henzler— which as previously announced, is slated to compete at the shorter races.
The Canadian road-course is one that has been very good to Wright Motorsports in the past. In fact, the John Wright-led team has seen at least one professional win there every year since 2014.
The No. 58 pairing boasts a strong history of success in Bowmanville. Long holds four CTMP victories to his name— two of which were earned during his first event with Wright Motorsports in 2016. The last time Nielsen drove a Porsche at CTMP was in 2014, when she earned a podium driving in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series. The Porsche Select driver will be looking for a similar result as she hones her race craft in the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Entering their third event in GTD competition, Schein and Henzler are prepared to build off of the strong foundation that they've already started in the No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Together they each carry multiple podiums driving Porsches at the 2.459-mile road course. This is a particularly special one for Schein, who has a four-for-four podium streak driving Wright Motorsports-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Rs at CTMP.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will hit the track for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Sunday, July 8 at 2:05PM EDT. It will be shown live on imsa.tv and at 4:00PM EDT on FS1.
Patrick Long // Driver, No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R – "Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is very special. It's ultra-fast and there are hardly any run-off zones. Driving there is great fun, however you have to keep a cool head and always know what you're doing. This track is unforgiving of even the smallest mistakes."
Christina Nielsen // Driver, No. 58 Porsche Consulting/Porsche Digital Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R - “It’s going to be cool to return to CTMP with Porsche. We’ll be coming fresh off of the Watkins Glen race where we had really decent pace. We had a good car there, and both tracks are high-speed tracks, so I'm hoping the work we did at Watkins can be translated to a good car at CTMP.”
Mike Schein // Driver, No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R – “I’m sure most drivers would agree that CTMP is always a highlight on the calendar. It’s a real driver’s circuit and I always enjoy racing there. I’m happy to return to a track that I know well and where I’ve had a lot of success in the past. I’m hopeful that Wolf and I can continue to improve and score a solid finish for Wright Motorsports this weekend in our Porsche 911 GT3 R.”
Wolf Henzler // Driver, No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R – “ CTMP is a challenging course that requires a lot of courage to carry speed into the fast turns. The elevation doesn’t make it easier for a driver especially when you aren’t able to see the apexes as you get closer to the turn. I’m very confident that we can achieve a strong result this time around. The team really deserves it.”